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Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sanders’s Criticisms of Democrats: We’re Already a Grassroots Party

Earlier today on MSNBC, Senator Bernie Sanders said the Democratic party needs a “top-down overhaul” to actually become a grassroots party.

He said, “The Democratic Party today, programmatically, in terms of how it does business, has failed. I mean, the evidence is obvious. It’s not just that we’ve lost the White House and the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. We’ve lost 900 legislative seats in the last 8 or 9 years.”

He said the Democrats need to become grassroots instead of so beholden to corporate interests.

MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren played that snippet from Sanders’s interview for former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who had this to say in response:

“Respectfully, to Senator Sanders, we are already a grassroots party. I mean, if we were not, we would not have been able to help bring down the absolutely abhorrent health care repeal bill… It’s actually more like semantics. We all agree that we should be and we are a grassroots party that focuses on making sure that we can help people reach the middle class.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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